By Matthew Blank
12 Jun 2014
Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County, Of Mice and Men) stages the production that will officially open June 18 at Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre for a run through July 27, prior to an Aug. 18 arrival at the Cort Theatre.
This Is Our Youth, which centers on three aimless New York City teens, was first produced Off-Broadway in 1996 by The New Group.
"Arrested Development" and "Juno" star Cera is joined by Culkin ("Igby Goes Down") and Gevinson ("Enough Said"). Cera and Culkin previously co-starred in a 2012 Australian production of This Is Our Youth, which was staged by Mark Brokaw, who also directed the 1996 Off-Broadway premiere.
Here's how the play is billed: "Set in New York in 1982, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren (to be played by Michael Cera), a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis (Kieran Culkin), his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica (Tavi Gevinson), the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers – far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine."
Lonergan is an Academy Award nominee for "You Can Count On Me," which he wrote and directed. His plays include The Starry Messenger, Lobby Hero and The Waverly Gallery.
The production has scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Original music has been composed by Vampire Weekend Grammy Award winner Rostam Batmanglij.
For tickets visit Steppenwolf.org or phone (312) 335-1650.